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Vegetable Fritto Misto

Fritto Misto
A favorite in Italy, fritto misto (mixed fry) is an assortment of bite-size pieces of vegetables or other foods that are dipped in batter and deep-fried. These crispy morsels make an inviting appetizer, especially when paired with a garlickly aioli.

Ingredients:

  • 6 baby artichokes
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 lb. pencil-thin asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 lemon, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups semolina flour
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lemon-garlic aioli for serving
     (see related recipe at left)

Directions:

Working with 1 artichoke at a time, remove the tough outer leaves to expose the light yellow core. Trim the stem end and slice the artichoke lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place in a bowl and add buttermilk to coat. Place the asparagus, lemon and green beans in separate bowls and add buttermilk to coat.

In a large bowl, using a fork, stir together the all-purpose and semolina flours.

Pour oil into a deep fryer according to the manufacturers instructions and heat to 375°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

Working in batches, drain the artichokes well, coat with the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Fry the artichokes until golden and crispy, 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer the artichokes to the prepared baking sheet and season with salt. Repeat with the asparagus, lemon and green beans. Arrange the vegetables and lemon on a warmed platter. Serve with lemon-garlic aioli.

Serves 4.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.